Muse Coffee Co. displays photographs by 17-year-old Queen Anne native

Posted on April 19th, 2010 by Sara Willy

David Hoffman, a 17-year-old Ballard High School junior and lifelong Queen Anne resident, first picked up one of his dad’s cameras two summers ago. Though he’d never taken a photography class before, David quickly became enamored with taking pictures. “From that day forward I carried it with me every day, all summer,” he said.

Since that day almost two years ago, David has spent his spare time experimenting with photography techniques and developing a unique style. Even now, he is entirely self-taught, though you wouldn’t know it to look at his work, currently on display at Muse Coffee Co., located at 1907 10th Ave W.

“Some of these photographs I didn’t even think about–I just did them,” he said. “Most of it was experimenting and a couple of other things I read up on.”


The 13 photographs on display at Muse show some of Seattle’s most beautiful scenic views, many of which David shot right here in Queen Anne utilizing a number of techniques, including one called high dynamic range (HDR).

HDR10 - Seattle Center

HDR photographs are able to show a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest elements of the image through a merging of multiple shots–David usually uses four or five–taken at different settings and then placed over one another using photography software. This allows photographers to be able to accentuate the light of the sun, the color of grass, the sky, and a scene’s shadows in one dynamic image.

HDR36 - Beacon Hill

Though he’s only be doing photography seriously for a year and a half, David hopes his new hobby turns into a future career; as he prepares to apply to colleges next year, David says he is looking at schools that have strong programs in his two major interests–photography and Political Science.

David’s prints are available for $80 (print only) and $150 (print with mat and frame) and will be on display at Muse through the end of the month. You can check out more of his work on his Flickr page. Every month Muse showcases a different local artist, many of which live in Queen Anne, by putting their work on display at the neighborhood coffee shop for the entire month.

(Photos courtesy of David Hoffman).